Big Brothers Big Sisters seek volunteers

Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) offers a wide range of mentoring opportunities to meet the varied needs of volunteers, children, youth and their families.
Mentoring changes the course of young lives which, in turn, can change the future of communities by making them better places to work, live and thrive.
It can lead to a reduction in poverty and unemployment, to safer schools and neighbourhoods and to a renewed optimism for growth.
Got an hour? That’s all it takes as little as an hour a week. Volunteer mentors have the opportunity to teach by example the importance of giving and giving back, of staying in school, and for having respect for family, peers and community.
Big Brothers Big Sisters currently has a waiting list of children and youth that need volunteer mentors.
BBBS also offers other programs such as the In School Mentoring Program. The In-School Program matches children with community volunteers called “Mentors” for one hour per week during school hours on school property. The mentors and children spend one-to-one time together sharing friendship and fun with social activities such as playing sports, crafts, reading or simply talking. Volunteers wishing to be an In-School Mentor must be 16 years of age or older and must commit to one school year, one hour each week. Children in the program are in Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8.
Go Girls! Program Go Girls! Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds is a program that targets girls in Grades 5 to 8 and is designed to provide young girls with the tools to assist them in making healthy choices around the issues of physical activity, balanced eating and feeling good about themselves. Women volunteers are needed from the ages of 18 to 25. The program runs for seven weeks for approximately one hour each week.
Game On! Program, this program is developed for male adolescents, Game On! uses a mentor approach to provide boys in Grades 5 to 8 with information and support to make informed choices about a range of healthy lifestyle practices. Through non-traditional physical activities, complemented with healthy eating support, participants are engaged in life skills, communication, and emotional health discussions designed to engage participants in the pursuit of life-long healthy lifestyles. Male volunteers are needed from the ages of 18 to 25. The program runs for seven weeks for approximately one hour each week.
Big Bothers Big Sisters Ribfest is currently seeking volunteers in a variety of roles. Volunteer positions include setup and tear down, security, beverage centre, ticket sales, raffle tent, clean up of venue and more. Ribfest weekend is August 12 to 14, 2016. Shifts are three hours.
Volunteer opportunities to choose from this week include:
• Food For Learning is looking for volunteers to assist in schools throughout Hastings and Prince Edward counties providing breakfast, snack and lunch programs to school-aged children and youth. Join their team to help ensure students have the nourishment they need to learn. As a Food for Learning volunteer you could assist with preparing meals, serving students, help clean-up after the meal, assist with program paperwork, shop for groceries or get involved with fundraising. There’s something to suit everyone. Program operates Monday to Friday during months September to June.

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